Spring Spring Spring

In the spring I always get the urge to: 

  • Redecorate my house. 
  • Redesign my blog. 
  • Plant flowers. 
  • Ride a bike everywhere. (After I buy one.) 
  • Go to a farmer’s market.
  • Cook all organic fresh meals. (After I spend all my money on the bike and farmer’s market.)
  • Train my dog.
  • Dye my hair.
  • Sew adorable, quirky clothes that look I share a closet with Zooey Deschanel. (Because I certainly can’t afford to buy them. It’s expensive to look like you shop in a thrift store.)
  •  Learn the guitar.
  • Run around like Rapunzel after she gets out of the tower.

Which is weird, because I live where we don’t have an especially long or cold winter. Our winter weather is kind of on-again, off-again, so it’s not like I’ve been cooped up behind snowdrifts or anything. But real spring just feels different. I think it’s the daffodils and the tulips. 

Flowers and Bike

That’s why March is my favorite month, besides October. (October has the edge because its not a precursor to the summer heat.)  Despite the fact that weather is a roulette wheel. Despite the fact that it’s tornado season. Despite the fact that my roof is leaking again. 

ANyway. The only thing on that list I’ve done is change my color scheme. I never thought I’d get tired of pink and green, but I did. It wasn’t terribly gothic for a ghost story writer anyway. 

What do YOU like to do in the spring?  Tell me in the comments.  You can weigh in on whether I should keep the polka dots or get rid of them, too. 

An accidental romance novella

PassionatePersuasionSo hey!  I have a new release today.  It is a non-YA romance novella about a pair of college ex-sweethearts who are set up on a blind date by a well meaning friend. The problem is, he broke her heart back then, and he’s kind of making a mess of winning her back now.  It’s PG-13, lots of banter and lots of making out.  So if that’s your thing, it’s only 99 cents on all the normal e-book retailers.   (Novella means it’s short, and it’s available in e-book only.)

Here’s the novella on Goodreads.

You can buy it here:  Barnes and Noble — Amazon — Kobo 

Here’s the opening:

Eight years ago, Alex Drake broke Kiara Fredericks’ heart. Now here he was, walking into the Regis Pub like he owned it.

The pub, not her heart.

Though there was that, too. She hadn’t realized he still had a lien on even a small bit of cardiac real estate until she saw him across the crowded bar and felt the peculiar, particular pinch and twist under her left collarbone, the specter of young love rattling the chains of her heart.

This was not a promising start to the evening. For a lot of reasons, not least of which was the fact that Kiara was there to meet someone else.

Comment below to win a copy from the e-book retailer of your choice!  (Questions count as comments, so ask away.)

This is post is a bad idea…

I started to title this post “still writing” and then realized that, as a, you know, writer, the fact that I’m, you know, writing should be taken as read.  Then I realized how much I tweet and blog about watching TV and/or movies or going to Target or drinking coffee and eating pie, or my dog’s latest antics or my Mom’s latest adventures… So maybe that’s not as self-evident as I would hope.

The funny thing about writing (or maybe frustrating, I don’t know) is that it doesn’t always look like writing, except when it does. But that phase of writing is really boring to Tweet and/or blog about. If I Tweeted about the actual writing part of my writing, it would be nothing but “I need more coffee” and “My butt is numb.”  These things may be fascinating insights into the writer life, but (butt?) it would get redundant if I didn’t skip to the part where I take a break to go to Target and buy a bunch of stuff I didn’t plan on because… Target. 

I had a point when I started this, but I’ve been sitting here for ten minutes trying to remember what it was. SEE?  This is what happens.  I need more coffee. My butt is numb. 

Anyway. Here’s are a few news items:

MARCH 4th – I have an essay in a non-fiction companion book to DIVERGENT, just in time for the movie.  I talked about this book a few posts down–lots of smart articles that put this ultra-popular dystopian series into a real world context. (There’s a preview of my essay at that link.)

MARCH 10th – I will be speaking at the Euless (Texas) Public Library from 6 – 7pm. The subject is books and publishing and writing (I promise to talk about more interesting facets of writing than this blog post suggests.)

MARCH 10th – I have a romance novella released this day.  I know. Totally under the radar, right?  This novella, Passionate Persuasion, was part of an anthology that came out last year, and I’m excited that it’s being released on its own. It’s full of romance and fun and snappy repartee.  You can pre-order it now, but I will remind you all with a big deal and fanfare and stuff on the release day.  (It’s “adult” in the sense that the characters are in their twenties, but it’s not graphic as far as content.)

The Splendor Falls German Edition

The Splendor Falls German Edition

Oh, hey!  Look what I found on Amazon!  In August, The Splendor Falls is coming out in German!  (Anyone here read German? I don’t even know if the title is the same.)

Fun and Games

Things happening in the last two weeks:

* Total immersion in The Book That Is Still Not named. I love this part. I wish I could bottle this feeling of living huge book so that I could open it up earlier in the process. But then it wouldn’t be a process. Or at least not MY process.

* Stomach Virus That Was Not The Flu. I’m not a literalist about most things, except medical stuff. “Stomach Flu” is not a thing, because it’s not caused by the same virus. But now I get it. There’s those times when you spend 24-48 hours a feeling like an alien baby is going to burst out of your stomach, AND two more days with fever and headache, AND you can’t even focus your eyes on a book or the TV, “Stomach Bug” just doesn’t convey the same level of “My body is trying to kill me… For a week.”

What has not been happening the last two weeks:

Email. In the middle of all the above, I didn’t notice that I haven’t been getting mail from my readrosemary.com address. I’m working on it, but if you’ve been trying to get in touch with me, I haven’t left the Internet or anything. Leave a message here, @ me on Twitter (yes, I just used a symbol as a word), or message me on the Facebook Page.

TTYL!

News bulletin from the writing cave

Yes, I’m still flying the flag, but here’s a few cool things going on:

Spirit and Dust as been chosen as an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.  Yay!!!!

I am totally jazzed to be included in this list, because a lot of bookish people love my books (and I’m so grateful!) but it’s cool that someone (enough someone’s to make a panel) thinks that people who don’t already love books will enjoy my writing.

FYI, I’m not sure I posted that Spirit and Dust was also chosen by the Texas Library Association for the TAYSHAS list.  That is also a huge honor and I didn’t want to not point that out. Because, ego, whatever.

Finally,  I have something new coming out, but it’s not a novel. Do you like Veronica Roth’s Divergent series?  Have you not read it, but you want to know something about it before the movie comes out?  Do you just want to find out what the buzz is about?

DivergentThinking_FrontCoverFrom Smart Pop Books: Divergent Thinking. Your favorite authors (like me!) writing about your favorite books. My essay is called “From Fire Signs to Factions” and it sets the Factions of Divergent’s world in context of ancient and modern astrology, current psychological typing, and also, superheroes.  Because how many times do you get to read an essay that talks about Ptolomy, Neville Chamberlain, Carl Jung, Meyers-Briggs, 70′s singles bar pick up lines, Shakespeare, Disney movies, DC and Marvel comics all in the same essay!*

There’s also articles from other smart people who are smart about other things: Blythe Woolston, Debra Driza, Maria V. Snyder, Jenna Snyder, Elizabeth Norris, Dan Krokos, Jenn Lynn Barnes, Julia Karr, Janine K. Spendlove, Elizabeth Wein, Mary Borsellino.  But it’s my blog so whatever.

Anyway. I know a lot of librarians and teachers read this blog, and this might be something you want for your kids to read so they can be all like, Hey, so THAT’S how this books series about jumping off trains relates to actual real world history and psychology and stuff. 

You can find out more and read samples at the Divergent Thinking page on Smart Pop Books.**  There’s links from there to online retailers. The book comes out March 4th, but you can preorder it to be ready for the movie. Whoot.

Okay. Back to writing before Mom comes downstairs and finds out I’m on the Internet. Because that’s my life. Whoot. :)

* This is why my English teachers either loved me or hated me.

** I have also contributed to their books on the Twilight series (A New Dawn), the Uglies/Pretties series ( Mind Rain), and the Percy Jackson series (Demigods and Monsters).

 

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Story Structure Explained with a Sharpie

This weekend I recorded a “guest appearance” for my friend, author and librarian Jenny Martin. She’s teaching fifth graders about reading plays as literature, and since I’ve written (and acted in) plays and written novels, too, she thought I could do some compare and contrast.

Here’s a clip were I explain story structure with a Sharpie, a notepad, and a voice that sounds like Gollum. (I’m feeling much better now.)

PS If you would like me to do this type of thing for your class or library, contact me.